People: Horizon Global Corp (HZN.N)
16 Sep 2019
Mr. John C. Kennedy is Independent Chairman of the Board of the company. Mr. Kennedy was appointed to our Board on April 3, 2019, and has served as Chair of the Board since his appointment. Mr. Kennedy is currently president and chief executive officer of Autocam Medical, a privately held contract manufacturer of precision-machined implants and instruments for surgical applications, which he founded in 2005. Mr. Kennedy previously served as the president and chief executive officer of Autocam Corporation, which he founded in 1988 and later sold in 2014. Mr. Kennedy is currently a board member of Lacks Enterprises, Inc., a Michigan-based privately held company providing complex, highly decorated components and systems for the exterior automotive trim market, since 2004; the Van Andel Institute, a Michigan-based nonprofit biomedical research and science education organization, since 2003; Shape Corporation, a full-service, tier-one automotive and industrial component supplier since 2014; and Business Leaders for Michigan, a nonprofit organization for business leaders that is focused on strategy, policy and business initiatives to drive Michigan’s economic growth. Outside of the business world, Mr. Kennedy dedicates a significant amount of time to improving education. Previously, Mr. Kennedy served on Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees, as chair from 2016 to 2018 and trustee from 2011 to 2018. Mr. Kennedy is also a founding board member of Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy, a public education school located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, since 2008. Mr. Kennedy has served on multiple education commissions for the State of Michigan. Currently he is a commissioner on the Governor’s PreK-12 Literacy Commission and he previously served on the State of Michigan’s Third Grade Reading Commission. Mr. Kennedy brings to Horizon Global extensive board and company leadership, business development expertise, and operational and manufacturing experience in the automotive and industrial business segments.
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